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Jonathan Reveals How INEC Worked Against Him in 2015 Elections
He made this known during the launch of his book: ‘My Transition Hours’ on Tuesday, November 20.
According to the Bayelsa born, the same INEC which ‘he strengthened’ had fully delivered materials for elections to the North but did not do same to other zones.
“For some inexplicable reason, the INEC had been able to achieve near 100 percent distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the north, including the north east, which was under siege with Boko Haram insurgency but failed to record a similar level of distribution in the south which was relatively more peaceful.”
“Social media was filled with all manner of stories, pictures and videos. I had settled in my mind that I was not going to be the sitting president pointing out these infractions and accusing the opposition and the very INEC I helped to strengthen.
“The world saw my ordeal at the polling unit in my community in Bayelsa State, where the card reader refused my PVC even after we tried repeatedly during accreditation.
“And it was the same with my wife and my mother. It was a moment that exposed the shortcomings of INEC,” Jonathan said adding that he conceded defeat for three reasons, one being his personal belief while the other was to avoid a past predictions of the United States intelligence that Nigeria would break apart.
The third, according to him, was a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that dogs and baboons would be “soaked in blood” if 2015 elections did not go the way he desired.
“I knew what was coming the day before I called General Muhammadu Buhari. I had reports on the polls around the country. It was clear the results were not going to favour me.
“There were series of problems with card readers, resulting from widespread technical hitches leading to the non-uniform application throughout the country.
“However, I was heading towards peace. Stopping the election on voting day would have been like detonating an atomic bomb,” he said.
Furthermore, Jonathan said shortly after he finished voting on March 28, he left Bayelsa for Abuja to monitor the rest of the exercise adding that he was sure violence would have broken out in some areas if he did not place that call to Buhari.
“The country was tensed. I had to do something. I could no longer wait for the collation of final results. The pressure on the country was palpable.
“In Lagos, people were ready to burst loose on the streets and in the north, the stage was set for envisaged violence. One of my party’s agents at the INEC national collation centre in Abuja, Elder Godsday Orubebe, eventually got into a heated argument with the INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega,” he said.